How to Paint a Starscape | Acrylic Painting | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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How to Paint a Starscape | Acrylic Painting

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Composition and Blending Color pt.1

    • 3. Composition and Blending Color pt.2

    • 4. Composition and Blending Color pt.3

    • 5. Blending Color & Spattering

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About This Class

In this class, I will teach you how to create your composition and break up negative space. First, starting with the placement of the mountains, road, and sky. Also, you will learn blending techniques, how to layer your colors in order to create a Milkyway Galaxy and expand your painting skills. 

Next, I will also show you how to create textured patterns with sponges and the basics of spattering with a regular toothbrush. This class is great for artists of any level and will make an amazing new piece to add to your collection of artwork/portfolio. 


  1. Acrylic Paint
  2. Water
  3. Brushes
  4. Rag/Paper towel
  5. Sponges
  6. Old Toothbrush
  7. Canvas

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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





    Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

Now on TikTok, mini tutorials, Artwithsuzanne. 

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1. Intro : thank you for joining in. And for today's tutorial, I will be showing you how to create this nighttime scene. I have a few different angles here. Sorry for the glare. A little bit on the black. It was a little hard to film, but anyways, I will show you how to create the many, many layers to achieve that, Um, the star and Milky Way, designed there in the sky in between the mountains and the the road there. And this one is in acrylic paint. And it's a great semi abstract painting for beginners. There sent a whole lot of detail. 2. Composition and Blending Color pt.1: first up, I'm going to get started with a lot of the black since this This is a nighttime scene and I'm going to go around the edges and the top almost like a halo, because I want them to be really, really black. And then it will make the center pop. I'm also going to start to incorporate some gray in the black and fade out the edges there so it will get gradually lighter as I move in towards the center. Since there's a lot of white space here, what we're doing is we're gonna break up everything into sections. I'm just pointing down guidelines where I want the mountain ranges to be in the road on the but And when you're done with your placement of your melons there, we're gonna skip back up to the top portion and add some blue in the center, and then you're gonna blend it through the, um, your wet paint there and with the black and the gray. And we're gonna do this a few times and go back and forth between a few different colors. While the paint is still wet and dependent upon identifying your personality, you can keep going until everything is really, really smooth, or I personally like to keep a little bit of the like texture and design. So again that that's just a personal thing. So you can blended as much as you want there, just careful not to over blend because you don't want everything to turn into one color so you can play around with that a little bit. 3. Composition and Blending Color pt.2: and I'm going to go back in with a little bit more blue. And this is a ultra marine blue. The other one just had a tiny bit of white mixed in. It swings a little bit darker, and we're going to create a little bit more depth and dimension. And I also have a little bit of purple there, too. And to create the texture that I would, um, the look that I'm going for, I'm going to use a wet sponge and then blend the colors together that way. And there you can see the type of pattern that it creates and for the sides. I'm also going to go ahead and go on with more black and blend all those edges. When you're done blending the black and gray, we're gonna go back up to report the purple, and I'm just going to highlight certain areas with a lighter blow. And I'm going to go back in with a second layer of the black right around the edges, just a deep in it up a bit. The guy ended up putting about at least three coats on. I'm going to go in with a little bit of the lighter blue, and I'm gonna put a little bit around where the mountains are just for a little bit of highlights. The picture is mainly dark, but I do want to add, like I said, a little bit of an illuminated effect. And then I'm going to go ahead with my sponge and blend it out for the road section. I mixed a little bit of black and purple together just for a base coat. There's about two layers of that, and then I will wait for it to dry up a little bit. Sometimes, if you try to mix too much at once, you'll keep pulling the paint up. So let it set a little bit. And then I went back in with, um, some gray grey and then black for a deeper shadow. I'm also going to clean up the angle here a little bit and then put in another smaller mountain range section there, way off in the way off there in the distance 4. Composition and Blending Color pt.3: through this next section, I'm going to continue with my layering and blending. I'm going to clean up the, um, the tops there in my mountains. That was little. There's no one crazy about, um, some of the angle. So I switched it up a little bit, and then on the bottom, I did add another layer off the black. 5. Blending Color & Spattering : I did go in with a little bit of light blue on the mountain tops, and I added a little bit of details to them. And then that brush I'm using, there is a dry brush I'm just using to blend it out and then just a tiny but on some of the edges on the road. And then I'm going to go in with the center for the lines on the road. After you do while you're blending with the black and gray, make sure it's dry and then you can put on was the lighter blue that I used there. And this next part is the fun part. You're gonna take an old toothbrush and you're gonna just wet it a little bit and mix it with the white. So not too much water or you'll see they're like little big droplets there. They're easy to fix, but what you're gonna do is pull back, and then it's a little spray on your picture there, and you only wanted on the top portion. You can, um, feel free to practice this if you've never done it before. And then, like I said, you can go ahead and do it. And then, if you have, like a big spot, you just take a little rag and dab it, and it comes right up. So it's no big deal, but just a little bit of water. Mix it around in the paint and then give it a go, and that will create the nice stars up in the sky in the Milky Way for the effect that we're trying to create there and bring the picture altogether. And then I went in a little bit with the lighter blue as well. So the white and the light blue I used and you can put as many as you want when you're doing the spattering with the toothbrush. I wanted to say that it is easier if you lay the picture down flat. You know, sometimes if you're trying to do it well, it's like up on an easel or something. It might be dripping in the way you're trying to hold. The angle of the brush is just a lot easier to take it off. Your easel is what I did, and then I put it on the ground. You know, I did it and then I let it dry And then I went back to the easel. Thank you so much for watching this tutorial and be sure to check back for more.